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Sports and the heroic

Humanities, Cultural and Social Sciences Conference from October 17-19, 2019 at the University of Freiburg

Freiburg, Oct 08, 2019

Sports and the heroic

Suzanne Lenglen 1924. Photo: gallica.bnf.fr/Bibliothèque nationale de France

At the beginning of the 20th century, sports developed into a phenomenon with an enormous social reach. Modern sports heroes appeared on the scene as ideal types mediated by mass media, staged in carefully choreographed competitions, often utilized for political gain. Sportsmen and sportswomen continue to be heroized to the present day, despite all the oft problematic social and economic functionalization of the sports hero whose achievements are repeatedly questioned. The conference “Sports and the Heroics” illuminates the references between modern sport and heroism with examples from football, basketball and mixed martial arts.